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Ageism and COVID-19: what does our society’s response say about us?

Age and Ageing

The goal of this commentary is to highlight the ageism that has emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 20 international researchers in the field of ageing have contributed to this document. This commentary discusses how older people are misrepresented and undervalued in the current public discourse surrounding the pandemic. It points to issues in documenting the deaths of older adults, the lack of preparation for such a crisis in long-term care homes, how some ‘protective’ policies can be considered patronising and how the initial perception of the public was that the virus was really an older adult problem. This commentary also calls attention to important intergenerational solidarity that has occurred during this crisis to ensure support and social-inclusion of older adults, even at a distance. The authors say their hope is that with this commentary they can contribute to the discourse on older adults during this pandemic and diminish the ageist attitudes that have circulated.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

COVID-19: In conversation with Paul Burstow

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Presented by SCIE Co-production Steering Group member Laura Able, asking SCIE Chair Paul Burstow the SCIE COVID-19 and beyond report.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Webinar recording: Building back from COVID-19: Involving citizens in the next phase of the pandemic response

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar will look at ‘dialogue and deliberation’ and focus specifically on engagement by NHS England and Improvement’s London region.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Interim phase: area SEND

Ofsted

An operational note for Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Care Quality Commission inspectors carrying out interim visits to local areas regarding their special educational needs and disabilities arrangements from October 2020. From October, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be visiting local areas to find out about their arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The visits are designed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SEND system and to support improvement. Inspectors will work collaboratively with local areas to identify what has worked well for children and young people with SEND and their families over recent months, what the challenges and lessons learned have been, and what the opportunities are for improvement for the future.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Generation COVID-19: building the case to protect young people’s future health

The Health Foundation

This long read examines the new challenges young people face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and considers what action is required to secure the foundations for young people’s healthy future. This analysis shows that the challenges touch on many different areas of their lives, from emotional wellbeing to their housing, work and relationships and will affect their transition into adulthood. The piece recommends fundamental changes to housing policy; preventing short-term losses in income and monitoring the availability of high quality work; boosting funding to youth services; more actively monitoring young people’s wellbeing in educational settings. As the government looks to ‘build back better’, this long read argues that a national cross-government health inequalities strategy is needed to level up health outcomes and improve the population’s health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 16 September 2020

Supporting you to make decisions while caring for someone living with dementia during Coronavirus (COVID19) and beyond

University College London (UCL)

This document guides carers of people living with dementia through the process of making difficult decisions during the Covid-19 pandemic whilst taking into consideration wishes and preferences of those they care for and the legal aspects of making decisions. The guide covers a number of decisions carers may need to make if the person they are caring for has or is suspected to have Covid-19. These include decisions such as how to care for them if they are unable to visit them, whether they should go to hospital if they become unwell and what it means to have a do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation order. The guide also provides useful tips for carers such as the Covid-19 symptoms to watch out for which may differ to the commonly recognised symptoms, where to find help and support when making decisions and how to look after yourself as a carer. Topics covered include: thinking about any existing advance care plans; wishes and preferences; legal aspects of decision making; managing care at home; supporting someone in a care home; admitting them to hospital if they are very unwell; support for carers; and how carers can look after themselves during coronavirus and beyond.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

Guidance for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in the delivery of direct payments and personal health budgets

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance sets out key expectations of Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups in their delivery of direct payments and personal health budgets to support people’s continuing care and support needs, and to manage and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The guidance covers: continuity of care and support; allowing flexibility; key steps for LAs and CCGs to take; supporting the person and direct payment capability; supporting personal assistants with Statutory Sick Pay (SSP); contingency arrangements for people who employ personal assistants; and support for people using direct payments and receiving community health provision. This guidance intends to complement existing guidance and statutory duties. Any inconsistency between this guidance and the legislation is to be interpreted in favour of the legislation. [First published: 21 April 2020. Last updated 18 November 2020].

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report

Public Health England

This report presents close to real time intelligence on the mental health and wellbeing of the population in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. It compiles routinely updated indicators from multiple sources and summarises important recent findings from a pre-defined set of studies. It aims to inform policy, planning and commissioning in health and social care and is designed to assist stakeholders at both national and local level. The report includes 7 chapters: chapter 1 introduces the overall report; chapter 2 summarises important findings so far; chapter 3 triangulates different sources of intelligence to provide robust findings for anxiety, depression, loneliness and life satisfaction; chapter 4 presents weekly data on a range of mental health and wellbeing measures from the COVID-19 Social Study, ONS and YouGov; chapter 5 presents plain English abstracts of recent analysis from relevant research; chapter 6 presents service use data and commentary from a range of remote mental health and wellbeing service providers; and chapter 7 is dedicated to the experiences of children and young people. Chapters 2 to 7 will be updated regularly and will draw upon new intelligence that has become available.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

Review of the impact of mass disruption on the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, and possible therapeutic interventions

Welsh Government

This rapid evidence assessment explores the available literature on the impact of disasters on the wellbeing and mental health of school aged children and young people (3 to 18 years) and possible therapeutic interventions. The literature review focused on finding out about children and young people’s wellbeing and mental health as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as previous international disasters, in order to understand the current and anticipated impacts of COVID-19. Risk and protective factors for children’s post-disaster mental health were explored for COVID-19 and international disasters that caused mass disruption. International research reveals that the pandemic and isolation through home confinement has changed children’s behaviour. An increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as greater behaviour difficulties and worries, have been found. However, some studies also found positive outcomes such as more prosocial behaviour and reflection. Similarly, UK COVID-19 research has suggested that the pandemic is adversely affecting the mental health of children and young people. Risk factors for greater problems in children included older age, level of exposure, experiencing isolation, parents’ wellbeing and mental health, and children’s pre-existing mental health. Protective factors that can reduce children and young people’s post-disaster mental health have been found to include well-developed cognitive skills and coping strategies. Community solidarity and social support from parents and peers were also found to be protective. Interventions were often whole school approaches to mental health, and were shown to be successful. Other interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy were found to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in children and young people.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020

Left stranded: the impact of coronavirus on autistic people and their families in the UK

National Autistic Society

This report highlights how the coronavirus outbreak has impacted the life of autistic people and their families. It is based on 4,232 responses (1,810 from autistic people and 2,422 from family members) to an online survey. The survey reveals that compared to the general public, autistic people were seven times more likely to be chronically lonely during June and July and six times more likely to have low life satisfaction. The impact on mental health and loneliness was felt most strongly on those with higher support needs and on autistic women and non-binary people. According to the responses from parents and family members of autistic people, those with relatives who require more support were almost twice as likely in every case to worry about friends or family members contracting coronavirus; not getting the support they or their family needed; what would happen when lockdown ended; their mental health and social distancing than those who require little support. In addition, 68% of family members said their autistic child was anxious at the loss of routine and 65% couldn’t do online work. Finally, lockdown and restrictive measures caused fear and anxiety among autistic people, who felt overwhelmed by rapidly changing and unclear advice. 78% or responded said they were concerned about following the Government’s rules. The report makes specific recommendations for each nation in the UK, calling on all four governments to create an action plan to protect autistic people and their families in case of a second wave, covering social care, health, education, transport and shops.

Last updated on hub: 15 September 2020